Mini Dental Implants vs. Traditional Implants: What Are The Differences? Learn More About Costs And Procedure (With Pictures)

Just because something is mini doesn’t mean it’s not good.

And this is true with mini dental implants.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional dental implants, look no further than mini dental implants.

Usually, these are used when you need a smaller than average implant to fit into an extra narrow space. Often times, you’ll see mini implants used in place of incisors or someone with generally small teeth.

When Are Mini Dental Implants Used?

In most cases, your dentist may use a mini implant in these situations:

  • If you have small teeth
  • For front teeth replacements
  • Premolar replacement
  • Teeth located in a narrow space

The reason this type of dental prosthesis is used as an implant rather than an adhesive is because it’s a lot more secure. More security means more comfort and a more natural use of the tooth.

Mini dental implants are a good option for front teeth and premolar replacements and for those with small teeth.

How Small Are Mini Dental Implants?

Mini implants are actually about the same size as a traditional implant (roughly the diameter of a toothpick). Even if you’ve lost a lot of bone, mini implants are still a great option, and a better one than the traditional implants.

Mini Dental Implants vs. Traditional Implants

It’s important to know the differences between mini and traditional dental implants. So we’re going to cover that here.

Traditional Dental Implants

Usually, a traditional implant is made of two pieces with an external screw that goes into the bone, with a diameter larger than 3mm. Inside the implant, there is a thread that is compatible with many different types of dentures. This multi-use feature is one of its best.

Mini Dental Implants

Unlike the traditional implant, mini implants are one solid piece that screws into the bone with a diameter smaller than 3mm. On the top of the device is a ball-shaped protrusion, which helps support dentures. Typically, the denture has a rubber O-ring that slides over this ball-shaped part.

How Long Do Mini Dental Implants Last?

The lifespan of mini implants varies depending on a number of factors, which include:

  • Osteoporosis or other bone diseases
  • Smoking
  • Lack of implant care
  • Alcohol or substance abuse

But the bottom line is that every mouth is different. Two people who get the same mini implant on the same day may experience different length of longevity in their implants.

The Main Differences Between Mini And Traditional Implants

As mentioned above, a mini dental implant is half the diameter of a traditional implant, meaning it would take two mini implants to provide the support of one traditional implant. This sounds like a bad thing, but it’s not always. Sometimes, you need a smaller implant in order to fit it within a smaller space.

Traditional implants usually last longer than mini implants because they are better able to distribute the weight of a denture. But again, sometimes there’s such a small space that you need a mini where a traditional implant would be too big.

But again, sometimes there’s such a small space that you need a mini where a traditional implant would be too big.

Traditional dental implants are made of two piece while mini dental implants are just one piece. Mini dental implants can last a while if taken care of properly.

Mini Dental Implants Pictures

The Cost Of Mini Dental Implants

So how much do mini dental implants cost? The short answer is: less than traditional implants.

The average price of a mini dental implant can be between $500 and $1,500, which is way less than a traditional implant that could cost between $4,000 and $5,000.

If mini implants are only half the size of traditional implants, why are they more than twice as cheap? Well, here are some of the reasons why:

  • More affordable implant screws: The smaller screws used in a mini implant are much cheaper than the larger screws used for a traditional implant.
  • Simpler procedure: The process of inserting a mini implant is so much less invasive and time consuming with no surgery necessary. Therefore, less time and effort spent means less money spent.
  • No need for bone grafting: Many times, dentists don’t need to do any bone grafting on patients with a lower jaw bone density. One less step in the process means a little bit less money spent.

However, just because mini implants are significantly cheaper, that doesn’t mean the quality of the procedure or the replacement is any less than with the traditional implants. It’s simply a different process for a different situation.

Before getting a mini dental implant, you should budget for at least $1,500.

The Day After The Procedure

After your dentist inserts the mini dental implant(s), you’ll want to leave it in until you go to bed. On the first day, you will feel some discomfort, but that’s normal (plus, your dentist will have given you or recommended pain medication).

You’ll want to avoid hard or sticky foods and take small bites. At least in the beginning, you’ll want to remove the denture daily, clean around the entire implant area and the O-ring with a cotton swab and recommended toothpaste, and then rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Then use a denture brush to gently brush around the empty space.

As you become adjusted to your new implant, you will want to clean it at least daily. It’s best to clean it after every meal and then before you go to bed at night. Not to worry, it will quickly become second nature to you, like tying your shoes.

After the procedure, you should avoid sticky and hard foods, clean it daily, and follow your dentist’s care instructions.

Reviews Of Mini Dental Implants

Hopefully, all of this info is helpful to you. But you might be wondering what real patients actually think of mini dental implants.

Well, here are a few examples of people who loved their mini implants.

“This procedure was so fast I was surprised and could not believe that I had a brand new tooth fixed in less then a hour,” one reviewer said on RealSelf.com. “Wow. After the procedure, I had no pain whatsoever [and] I went straight to work. After a couple hours I felt a little discomfort but not too much and I was still able to eat a little.”

“I love the way my teeth look. I’m happy customer. Mini dental Implants are very cost effective.”

Another patient who got mini implants also had absolutely no complaints.

“I’m 3 weeks post-op now and only a little tender,” the reviewer wrote. “All the implants seem to be healing well. I will update if anything changes, but I don’t expect any issues.”

These are just three examples of a large group of patients who have had successful and positive experiences with mini dental implants.

Mini Dental Implant Manufacturers

Here’s a quick look at the top manufacturers of dentures and dental implants (in no particular order) for your reference. You may hear your dentist mention one of these names while discussing implants with you:

So if your dentist says your implant is made by any of these companies, you’ll know you’re in good and trusted hands.

Conclusion

If you have small teeth, there’s no need to be ashamed. Mini dental implants were made for someone just like you. Or, if you just need a front tooth or premolar replacement, minis might be a good option for you.

And this is good news because minis are usually much cheaper than traditional dentures and are easier to place.